The excitement of catching sight of a black buck changed the entire mood of the day. We decided to take a well-needed break. Considering the shelter was not clean – we decided to stay in the car with the AC switched on and the seats moved to a more relaxed option. After a few minutes, I noticed that the Arien was yawning away and realized that he wud end up falling asleep which would not do. Convinced him to go to the reserve one more time before we could head for home. There is no need to push or persuade an Arien – if it involves any effort, he will be the first in the queue 😀
So we happily started off on our final drive arnd the reserve. Near the gate, the Arien spotted a cute lil fox. The moment we stopped the car, it went underground. The Arien spent an amazing amt of time hoping it wud show up and I managed to remain patient. The Arien realized tht the wait was a waste of time and came bk to the car. We chose the same route hoping we would catch sight of the herd once again. We did. Suddenly, the entire herd started running. The entire herd crossed from the vast space on our right to the vast space on our left – a few paces ahead of us. I think we scared them. I was not too sure if we wanted to continue with going after them when they seemed so frightened. So, we dropped the idea of going any further and turned around. The route was filled with thorns and brambles and the Arien was worried that we wud get stuck here in case we had a puncture. Surprisingly, I had not thought of that! Looks like I was well and truly in the buck-watching moment and had forgotten all sundry concerns 😀
On our return, we kept an eye out for the fox. I had given up hope of catching sight of any more bucks when the Arien spotted a buck standing under the shade of a tree. It had blended in so well with the surroundings that it was kinda difficult to initially make out that a buck was even standing there. To our surprise, we realized tht the buck was observing us.
We managed to take the camera out and shoot some pics when we noticed that the buck was looking away – at the road ahead of us. We initially thot tht the buck considered itself a celebrity and was busy giving us the best angles to work with and get the photo shoot over with. I was telling this to the Arien as I was shooting the second snap when we heard the unmistakable sound of a cycle chain going “Scrunch Crunch Clank Clank” on the untarred road. We turned to see two village folks appear on a cycle. We wondered at the sharp hearing of the buck. I wanted one more shot – u kinda get pretty greedy when you see them so close. 😀 Well, the Arien wanted to shoot a video of the Buck and so I am not the only greedy one 😀
That was when we both got the shock of our life – the buck turned tail (pun unintended) and ran. Till then, it looked like the buck was having the time of its life, watching us watching it, giving us sm amazing angles and then suddenly it jes ran. There was no sudden movement frm our end and so we were at a loss as to why the buck ran away from us. We had not even got out of the car. We were both a lil puzzled by that. This had actually happened earlier as well. I tried reasoning it out – the bucks were afraid of cylists i.e the villagers. Thts when it hit me. I shared my theory with the Arien. I feel that the villagers kill the bucks for meat. So ob. the buck is frightened of the villagers. There is no other way I cud explain why the buck feared a cycle but not a car. The Arien was not too impressed 😀
We headed past the Observation tower and started on our return journey. The journey was again broken multiple times and this time I was not so patient. We stopped at the same location where the Arien had spotted an owl, parrot, n what not all on one single tree.
We stopped there once again. This time the Arien decided to try out the Digital Zoom option and lo and behold! we had these amazing close-up shots of the birds that almost looked too good to be true. We now wished we cud go back n take snaps of the Bucks all over again 😦 I was pretty upset but the Arien took it all in his stride. I guess he was pretty happy to get the snaps of the birds sitting on tht tree tht missing the buck had not hit him, yet.
After the Digital Zoom episode, the Arien went mad, to be honest. He stopped the car at every opportunity so he could take more snaps of teeny birds that would fly away the instant they found out that he was taking a snap. After 2 more such stops, I lost my patience. Some of the snaps were truly fantastic. However, we had made too many stops. I was looking forward to reaching home and blogging ’bout the trip 🙂 As we stopped at places where we had lost our way, I took snaps so when we made the next trip, we would not have such a hard time. Soon, I was the one who was delaying us 😀 Having made so many stops on our way back, we got stuck at Neelamangala at peak traffic time – 6 p.m. It took us 2 hours to reach Bangalore and familiar landmarks nearer home. We picked up dinner on our way back which added to the journey time. When we stepped into our home, it was past 10 pm. We were tired but we were also very happy that we had such an amazing day trip. So how do you get here?? Directions coming up in the next post!